Research Specialist 2

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Hyde Park Campus

32370 Law School

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Job Summary:

The University of Chicago Law School is seeking a research specialist to conduct empirical research in collaboration with the School's world-class law and economics faculty. The research specialist will work within the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics and work with faculty who are associated with the Institute. The Coase-Sandor Institute promotes the understanding and dissemination of the economic approach to law. It supports research and learning by students, faculty and fellow, and organizes events and activities in Chicago and beyond. For more information about the Institute and the work done by its faculty please visit the Coase-Sandor web page at .


  • Build and manage data sets
  • Build and test econometric models
  • Conduct complex data analysis
  • Write and edit research documentation
  • Discover new data sources, and clean and prepare data for faculty use
  • Perform other duties necessary to the social science research enterprise
  • Provide general assistance to the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics, as well as to Law School faculty and post-doctoral scholars
  • Attend various Law School events, including conferences, workshops and the Summer Institute for Law and Economics

  • Self-directed
  • Ability to work independently and within teams
  • Ability to work effectively across multiple projects
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree is required; an advanced degree in economics or a related field in which there is evidence of strong mathematics, statistics, and metrics background is preferred.

  • A minimum of two years of relevant research experience is required, preferably assisting a faculty member or faculty research group.
  • Competence and experience programming with Stata, as well as familiarity with other statistical packages such as Matlab, SAS or R is required.
  • Competence and experience programming in Python is required.
  • Working knowledge of MS Excel is required.
  • Familiarity with programming languages such as Perl or Ruby is a plus.

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, Resume, and References

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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Full time

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The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 5/10/2018
Application Due: 6/28/2018
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